200 Candidates Suspended Over Clashes


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A teacher who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity said most of the students were under the influence of alcohol

At least 200 male senior four and six candidates of Kantare Secondary school in Kabale district have been suspended over clashes.  The students were suspended early on Monday following clashes that started on Sunday morning. 
Sources at the school claim that trouble started after senior six students beat up their senior four colleague accusing him of stealing a mobile phone belonging to their classmate. This didn't go down with the senior students,who decided to avenge the attack on their classmates plunging the entire school in chaos. The senior four students also accused the school administration of siding with their senior six colleagues. 
They also accused the administration of harassment and poor feeding.   A teacher who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity said mos of the students were under the influence of alcohol. This morning, police took over the school but failed to contain the students prompting management to suspend all male students. Brian Tumwebaze Mbabazi, the head teacher Kantare Secondary school says they decided to suspend the students to restore sanity at the school. 
He says management will convene a meeting with parents and decide a way forward before the students are recalled.  Mbabazi however,down plays the complaints raised by students against management.  Ely Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson says police will remain at the school until total calm is restored. 


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.